Even retired priests can be potential phone scam targets.
The Rev. Bill Dohman called late Wednesday afternoon after he said he received an offer he could refuse -- after some inquiry.
Dohman said a woman called and said he was to be awarded $5,000 for being a "good citizen." Dohman said the woman had his name, phone number and birthdate. She then referred him to another phone number, where a man named "John" said that if Dohman would wire him $235, he could receive the $5,000.
"That's when I said, 'I think this is a scam,' " he said, before hanging up.
Dohman, who said he volunteers at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, said he called The Bee to warn other potential victims not to fall prey to this type of scam.
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